- The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.
An example of obstinate is a person who drives during a severe hurricane despite major warnings not to do so.
- unreasonably determined to have one's own way; not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn; dogged; mulish
- resisting remedy or treatment: an obstinate fever
- not easily subdued, ended, etc.
Origin of obstinateMiddle English ; from Classical Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare, to resolve on ; from obstare, to stand against, oppose ; from ob- (see ob-) + stare, to stand
- a. Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; obdurate.b. Characterized by such adherence: an obstinate refusal.
- Difficult to manage, control, or treat: an obstinate problem; an obstinate headache.
Origin of obstinateMiddle English obstinat, from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre, to persist; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more obstinate, superlative most obstinate)